Saturday, October 11, 2014

Work in Progress for Upcoming Shows

As it has been some months since my last post, here's an update on a few things I've been working on.  You can also "Like" my Facebook page, as I am somewhat better about posting little updates and photos there. (Somewhat!)

 I'm submitting work for two shows this fall and also participating in the Crafters Marketplace again.
Opening first is "Books Unbound II," the second show by the Binders Guild book arts group. (The first show was in 2010, and you can see photos here.) This year's show will be up November 9-30, 2014 at the Marian Gallery on the Mount Mary University campus in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  The book on the far left in the announcement above is one of my books, and I will try to post more photos in a future blog post.  Each participant is also doing a 12 x 12 inch canvas for the show, and this is mine:
I'm also planning to participate in the annual Warped Milwaukee fiber arts show again this year and am working on my submission this month (as the application is due October 31!), and you can see a sneak peek here:

The fiber arts exhibit will be up from November 14-30, 2014 in the Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center ST, Milwaukee, and on the last two days of the show November 29-30, 2014 (the weekend after Thanksgiving), I will also be in the Crafters Marketplace there as well. If you're interested in participating in the Warped Milwaukee show or the Crafters Marketplace, here is the overview. (You may have to click on the image to enlarge it to a more readable size.)
You can also find the info and the links for the separate applications for both the fiber art exhibit and Crafters Marketplace on the ABK Weaving Center blog and the Warped Milwaukee Facebook page or Google+ page.

So even though I have not been blogging, I have been busy!

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Milwaukee Artist Trading Card Exhibit

It's been a few months since I've blogged, but I'll try to get back in the swing now that spring is here! I've got a show up this month at the Creative Arts Resource & Network of Western Racine County (CAR&N) gallery, 220 E Main Street, Waterford, Wisconsin, featuring Artist Trading Cards (ATCs) made by members of the Milwaukee ATC group (including myself).
IMG_7200 Milwaukee ATC display
Although we only take up one wall of the gallery, there are 169 ATCs by 55 different artists. I received the majority of the cards in trade at the Milwaukee ATC monthly live trade meetings. (See our group webpage for more information.) Many of my ATCs included were from my ATC-a-Day project in 2006-2007 because the majority of ATCs that I've made have been traded away to other people!  But I got all these fabulous cards in return:
Milwaukee ATC display
There's quite a variety of art from traditional painting and drawing to collage and assemblage using everything from fabric & fibers to recycled objects and wire and glass. The display case in the first photo above includes some fragile and three-dimensional ATCs.
IMG_7184 Milwaukee ATC display
If you are in SE Wisconsin or Northern Illinois and interested in seeing the show in person, this Google map shows the location of the gallery as well as some local laces to eat nearby. The actual gallery hours vary (and are not what is listed on their website). They are generally open Tuesday-Friday 10-4 and Saturday 10-3, and are sometimes open Wednesday & Thursday evenings until 8 pm but they may close early some days if they do not have any visitors. If you are driving from a distance, I would recommend calling ahead to make sure that they will be open when you are planning to go. If you are unable to see the show in person, you can get a photographic overview on Flickr here.
Milwaukee ATC - Birds
Besides the Milwaukee ATC group's display, you can also see paintings by Jeremy Uglow, photographs and collages by Nick Torkilson, and jewelry by Jeanne Baas. The ATC portion of the show will be up until about May 23, 2014.
 April- May  CAR&N Art Gallery 2014

Friday, November 29, 2013

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

IMG_6801x Black Friday at Lakefront Brewery
Did you survive Thanksgiving and Black Friday? We only made one shopping excursion to Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee so my husband could buy their limited edition Black Friday beer, which is only sold today.  If you are trying to do the buy local - buy handmade - support small businesses - thing, here are some suggestions for both in-person shopping in SE Wisconsin and some on-line gift guides in the form of Etsy treasuries for those of you in the rest of the world.

If you live in southeast Wisconsin and are looking for some local, handmade holiday gifts, here are some upcoming craft shows & one workshop:

Saturday, November 30, 2013
Art Vs Craft (their last year) - Milwaukee WI at the Harley Davidson Museum 

Holly Craft Fair - DePere WI

Sat & Sun December 7-8, 2013
Crafter's Marketplace (presented by the ABK Weaving Center)
at the Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center ST, Milwaukee  (I'm participating in this one.)

Sat. December 7, 2013
Holiday card making workshop at Redline Milwaukee

MKE UP Market Holiday Bazaar and Fundraiser for the Philippines at SPIN Milwaukee

Sun. December 8, 2013
Hovercraft 2013 at Turner Hall

Buy Local Gift Fair - Lakefront Brewery

There are probably plenty of others that I am missing!

If you don't live in Wisconsin, you can still shop on-line. (My Etsy shop is here)  I've also been putting together some holiday Etsy gift guides ranging from the kooky & creepy to the fun & colorful.  I've tried to keep the focus on handmade, as well as feature some folks I know both in person and on-line, though there are also strangers included along with members of the Etsy Wisconsin Street Team (WIST).  Enjoy!

Home for the Holidays (little colorful houses)

Spoiled Cats & Spoiled Dogs (gift ideas for pets & pet lovers)

Krampus (a mythical creature who accompanies St. Nicholas and punishes the naughty children)

Zombie Holidaze (and there's a lot of holiday themed zombie stuff out there) 

Kooky & Creepy Holidaze (if you prefer your holiday a little off-kilter)

Now time for leftover pumpkin pie and a nap.... 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Warped Milwaukee 2013 Artists & Hours

Following up on my last post about the 2013 Warped Milwaukee 4th Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition, if you don't live in the Milwaukee area, you can currently see a slide show of the exhibit on the Riverwest Artists Association website here. The Jazz Gallery is located at 926 E. Center Street in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Participating artists in alphabetical order are Carolyn Brady (yours truly), Susan Buss, Elizabeth Carr, Taylor Easton, Jill Engel-Miller, Jan Falk, Darlene Hagopian, Katie Haws, Judy Kabriel, Mel Kolstad, Peter McMasters, Jane Moore, Mary Rutkowski, Phyllis Schlessinger, Jennifer Nicole Triolo, Maikue Vang, Nicole Werner, and NicoleWoltman.

Big shout out to Harmonie Baker for organizing this exhibit! Read more about the great work she's doing running an afterschool fiber arts program for Milwaukee school kids here.

And here's an updated listing of upcoming times when the Jazz Gallery will be open, and you can also find the gallery calendar on the RAA website.

Sun. Nov 24th, 12-5 pm
Tues. Nov 26th, 7-9 pm Live Jazz Jam
Fri. Nov 29th, 12-5 pm
Sat. Nov 30th,  12-5 pm (Artist Gathering) and 7-9 pm (Live Jazz)
Sun. Dec 1, 11 am-4pm -Winter Farmers’ Market
Tues. Dec 3rd, 7-9 pm Live Jazz Jam
Thu. Dec. 5th, 5-8 pm
Fri. Dec. 6th, 5-8 pm

Some art may still be up Dec 7-8, 2013 as artists will be picking up their work that weekend, and the gallery will be open for the ABK Weaving Center's Crafter's Marketplace (Sat Dec 7 from 10-5 and Sun Dec 8 from 12-5).  You can do your holiday shopping and may be run into some of the artists as well.  If you are interested in participating in the Crafter's Marketplace, they are accepting applications through December 1, 2013.

Please note that the Jazz Gallery is dependent on volunteers to keep the doors open, and the above schedule may be subject to change. There is a suggested $5 cover for the Saturday night Jazz Series. Otherwise admission is free, but donations to the Riverwest Artists Association are appreciated.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Warped Milwaukee 2013

Detail of "Three Sunflowers"
Can you believe it's November already? Time for Warped Milwaukee's Annual Fiber Arts Exhibition! I have two pieces in the show, which opens this evening, November 9, 2013 at the Jazz Gallery, 926 E Center ST, Milwaukee, Wisconsin and will be up through December 7, 2013. Above is a sneak peek detail of my art quilt "Three Sunflowers" from the show.

Because the Jazz Gallery relies on volunteers to keep the doors open, the gallery schedule will vary, and I'll post the open times when I know more, but it will generally be open Saturdays 12-5 and Tuesdays 6-9 pm with additional hours expected on Sunday afternoons depending on volunteer availability. (On Tuesday nights they have live jazz.)

On the weekend of December 7 -8, 2013, I'll also be participating in the associated Crafter's Marketplace at the Jazz Gallery selling handmade goodies in time for your holiday shopping. A percentage of the sales benefits the ABK Weaving Center.

The Facebook event page for the Warped Milwaukee show is here. More information about Crafters Marketplace is here

UPDATED 11/15/13 Here is the Jazz Gallery schedule showing various times when it will be open for jazz concerts, winter farmers' market etc. Warped Milwaukee volunteers will also be gallery sitting from 12-5 pm on Saturdays and Sundays when the gallery is not already open for another event as well as Nov 29, the Friday after Thanksgiving.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Bad Influence: Day of the Dead 'zine

Lisa Vollrath has published another issue of her occasional 'zine Bad Influence October 2013: Day of the Dead (see sidebar at left), and she was kind enough to ask me to contribute. I have a set of 12 drawings, one for each month for a "Year of the Dead" plus a skull mini-art quilt. Here's a sneak peek detail of my August drawing:
You'll have to buy the 'zine to see the rest! (And check out the "Look Inside" option on Amazon to get a sneak peek  at some of the fabulous artists who I am honored to share the pages with.)

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Adventures in Paper Marbling

At the end of June, the Milwaukee ATC group had Betsy Rasmussen of Ruth Ross Designs teach us paper marbling, and if you live in the Milwaukee area, we all highly recommend taking a class from Betsy (and you can find some of her upcoming workshops listed here).
She had all the workstations, paper, paint and sizing set up ahead of time so we just had to show up and follow directions to get fantastic results! Here's what I made:

IMG_5907 My marbled papers
Don't ask me what I plan to do with these yet. I haven't been able to bring myself to cut them up!

And thank you to Darlene Hagopian and Riverwest Artist Association for use of the Jazz Gallery space.
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